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        Best Inexpensive Wrinkle Treatment 2016

        Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum

        Best Inexpensive Wrinkle Treatment 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum

        Can your love affair with retinol be best described as on-again, off-again? Dermatologists say this over-the-counter cream can help you stick with the ingredient, which is essential to addressing fine lines and sun damage. “Many people find it irritating at first,” explains Dr. Chiu. But the gentle formula, which doesn’t blast your skin with a highly concentrated dose of retinol at once, can help mitigate that, she says. With dryness and redness under control, moisture-drawing hyaluronic acid can do its work of plumping up lines in the short term, while the retinol builds collagen in the long term.

        $22
        Best Wrinkle Treatment 2016

        SkinMedica TNS Essential

        Best Wrinkle Treatment 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2013

        SkinMedica TNS Essential

        Are you familiar with the saying “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”? Don’t let it apply to your bright, youthful skin. This much-heralded serum makes “more mature skin cells behave like young, healthy ones to improve the overall texture and tone,” says Dr. Zeichner. The key to this dermatological voodoo? A formula that, unlike the ones in some other equally pricey products out there, has a proven track record of spurring collagen production with the use of growth factors, says Dr. Zeichner.

        $281
        Best Anti-Aging Eye Treatment 2016

        Garnier SkinActive Renew Eye Roller

        Best Anti-Aging Eye Treatment 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Garnier SkinActive Renew Eye Roller

        For some of us, it’s going to take a lot more than a cucumber to get rid of undereye baggage. This tool checks all the boxes: It has a cooling metal tip, which you can massage around the eyes to get blood flowing. The formula packs caffeine to stimulate circulation and decrease puff as well as glycerin to moisturize. And applying it feels like a therapeutic treat—so you’ll actually want to whip it out in the morning (and at night and lunchtime) and get rolling.

        $13
        Best Discoloration Treatment 2016

        SkinMedica Lytera

        Best Discoloration Treatment 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        SkinMedica Lytera

        If your total obsession with emerging creases and wrinkles has caused you to overlook the equally aging sun spots that have cropped up on your nose and cheeks, this brightener can help you play catch-up in the pigment-reduction department. Fully explaining how it works would make a compelling high school science project for a budding dermatologist, but here’s the short version: Retinol “promotes the exfoliation of surface pigment, while antioxidant vitamin C decreases the formation of pigment in the first place,” says Dr. Chiu. “And niacinamide cuts down on the production of pigment that stems from inflammation.”

        $130
        Best Eco-Friendly Cleanser 2016

        Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Cleanser

        Best Eco-Friendly Cleanser 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Cleanser

        Talk about flower power. In this gentle cleanser that dermatologists routinely recommend for daily use, jasmine extract whisks away dirt and grime without stripping the skin, while botanical extracts of anogeissus boosts cell turnover to leave skin smooth and soft.

        $30
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2011

        L'Oréal Paris Collagen Micro-Pulse Eye Cream

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2011

        L'Oréal Paris Collagen Micro-Pulse Eye Cream

        This handy treatment fades dark circles and crow's-feet in two ways. Loaded with marine collagen and a skin-smoothing polyamide, the silky formula soothes, hydrates and tightens, while the pulsating massage device boosts circulation for a fresh, wide-awake appearance.

        $20
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2011

        L'Oréal Paris Collagen Micro-Pulse Eye Cream

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2011

        L'Oréal Paris Collagen Micro-Pulse Eye Cream

        This handy treatment fades dark circles and crow's-feet in two ways. Loaded with marine collagen and a skin-smoothing polyamide, the silky formula soothes, hydrates and tightens, while the pulsating massage device boosts circulation for a fresh, wide-awake appearance.

        $20
        Best 2013 Inexpensive Wrinkle Treatment

        Olay Professional Pro-X

        Best 2013 Inexpensive Wrinkle Treatment
        WINNER 2013

        Olay Professional Pro-X

        A smarter coverage plan for fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin B3 fends off moisture loss at the surface, while high-tech peptides and vitamin A go where few creams get reception: deep into the epidermis.

        $42
        Best 2014 Exfoliating Brush

        Clarisonic Aria

        Best 2014 Exfoliating Brush
        WINNER 2014

        Clarisonic Aria

        Like a street sweeper for dead skin cells and dulling debris, this tool clears the way so that serums and anti-agers can get the job done. The head massages at three speeds (from delicate to deep cleaning), but all “give your skin the glowy look that everyone wants,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Anthony Rossi.

        $199
        Best 2013 Discoloration/Brightening Cream

        Elure Advanced Lightening Lotion

        Best 2013 Discoloration/Brightening Cream
        WINNER 2013

        Elure Advanced Lightening Lotion

        Fact: Women with melasma and dark spots often have acne too. (We know—bummer.) This lotion won’t aggravate pimples the way other brightening lotions can, as it relies on “an enzyme to gradually break up demarcations,” says Dr. Jaliman.

        $150
        Best 2014 Best Wrinkle Treatment

        SkinMedica Retinol Complex .25

        Best 2014 Best Wrinkle Treatment
        WINNER 2014

        SkinMedica Retinol Complex .25

        This elegant formula, which is also available in two stronger dosages, helps defend the face against free radicals and is even suitable for dry skin.

        $60
        Best Serum for Normal Skin 2015

        Skinceuticals CE Ferulic

        Best Serum for Normal Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Skinceuticals CE Ferulic

        Like bodyguards for your skin, vitamins C and E in this serum fight free radicals while ferulic acid boosts collagen. Best of all, unlike many anti-agers, it’s nonirritating, says Dr. Shah, making it safe even for those with supersensitive skin.

        $162
        Best 2014 Inexpensive Wrinkle Treatment

        ROC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

        Best 2014 Inexpensive Wrinkle Treatment
        WINNER 2014

        ROC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

        If you’re a retinol rookie, this lavish cream is an effective (and affordable) first foray. “People need time to build up tolerance for stronger prescription retinoids,” says Dr. Karyn Grossman, who touts its swift work on fine lines, yawning pores, and brown spots.

        $24
        Best 2014 Inexpensive Wrinkle Treatment

        Olay Regenerist Filling + Sealing

        Best 2014 Inexpensive Wrinkle Treatment
        WINNER 2014

        Olay Regenerist Filling + Sealing

        On George Clooney, eye crinkles are cute. On the rest of us? Not so much, especially once foundation settles in. Devised as an alternative to injectables, this vitamin E–rich ointment instantly fills fine lines around the eyes, forehead, and mouth, says Dr. Shah.

        $20
        Best 2014 Editors' Pick

        L'Oréal Revitalift Miracle Blur

        Best 2014 Editors' Pick
        WINNER 2014

        L'Oréal Revitalift Miracle Blur

        This fast-acting finishing cream can be worn alone or under makeup to deliver a final dose of oil-absorbing silica and fade the look of fine lines and pores. Instant gratification junkies will be hooked.

        $25

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        Best Eye Cream 2015

        Revision Teamine

        Best Eye Cream 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Revision Teamine

        Whether Chinese takeout or a fussy newborn is to blame for your puffy eyes, this thick whip brightens things up with a

        one-two punch of “short and long-term benefits,” says Dr. Susan Binder. Mica reflects light, grapeseed oil flushes pooled

        blood, and a pentapeptide plays the long game to tighten wrinkles.

        $70
        Best Eco-Friendly Anti-Aging Treatment 2015

        Colorescience Anti-Aging Serum

        Best Eco-Friendly Anti-Aging Treatment 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Colorescience Anti-Aging Serum

        A newcomer on the anti-aging scene, this mineral-based serum has quickly made waves with dermatologists.

        Peptides reduce fine lines, hyaluronic acid plumps, and minerals provide a flattering tint to even skin tone. “Women want

        to simplify,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Marina Peredo. “This does it all.”

        $150
        Best 2014 Exfoliator

        Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

        Best 2014 Exfoliator
        WINNER 2014

        Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

        Some scrubs can leave microscopic lacerations in their wake, but the round microbeads in this soy-based brightener are gentle enough for daily exfoliating, says Dr. Emmy Graber.

        $7
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